Austin Nichols, Sophia Bush

One Tree Hill star Austin Nichols says that fans are constantly asking him if the show will be back for be another season, and although an official announcement hasn't been made yet, he's confident the show's creator is prepared.

"Mark [Schwahn] did the finale and I think he might've shot an alternate ending — one to tease another season and one to close off the show," Nichols, who plays Julian Baker, tells TVGuide.com.

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Last year, when the CW drama was in the same situation, Schwahn filmed two endings, but was able to use the cliff-hanger that set up Season 8. And a Season 9 pickup doesn't seem as far-fetched as it once did: Nichols and his co-stars Sophia Bush, Bethany Joy Galeotti, Robert Buckley, Jana Kramer and Lisa Goldstein all recently signed on to return. 

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Nichols says the May 17 finale not only features a one-year time jump, but also his is favorite Julian moment yet.  "I have a scene where it's just me, by myself talking, and it's very emotional. I left work that day thinking I'm an actor -- I did something right," he says.

Watch the full interview below.